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Pharmacy chains defend actions as landmark U.S. opioid trial nears its end

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By Grant Segall CLEVELAND (Reuters) -Lawyers for pharmacy chains including CVS and Walgreens on Monday argued they were not to blame for the U.S. opioid epidemic, as jurors prepared to consider whether to hold them responsible for the devastation the drug crisis caused in two Ohio counties. Mark Lanier, a lawyer for Lake and Trumbull counties, told a federal jury in Cleveland that a verdict in the case against CVS Health Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Walmart Inc would have ramifications across the country. The trial is the first the pharmacy chains have faced in thousands of lawsuits …

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